Imagine that you’ve had a record-breaking, Seinfeld-esque “Serenity Now!”-level, unbelievably AWFUL day. Some of it is the result of one calamitous decision after another, while the rest is just the universe playing tricks on you. You descended into the subway instead of walking. You spoke up when you should have been silent. Someone hit you with their bag. Twice. You didn’t make reservations. You wore the wrong shoes for this much walking. WHAT is that smell, and dear Lord in heaven, where is it coming from? Oh, and it’s raining. Really, really hard. Of course you forgot your umbrella. Nothing–and I mean nothing–has gone your way. Then add to that the fact that this happens while you’re in New York City, an unforgiving megalopolis with a bloodhound’s nose for the scent of weakness.
Now, take a beat. Breathe. Imagine that you could get a do-over. A chance to start the whole god-awful thing over again but with the benefit of the memories of that horrible day intact. What would you do?
Harold Ramis’ and Danny Rubin’s 1993 cult classic, Groundhog Day, which stars the inimitable Bill Murray, answers that question along with a few others. It’s a film that still resonates with us all these years later. What makes it unique is that it’s a cerebral, philosophical film charading as a simple comedy. The premise of the film cleverly articulates, through the follies of its protagonist, Phil Connors, the existential theme that actions without consequences are meaningless. Or that immortality, even when attained, is not a virtue but a curse.
This past weekend, we attended the musical based on this beloved film, which recently opened on Broadway. If you’ve watched the movie, you might have reservations. How does one live up to the genius of the original? You wouldn’t be alone in that pool of doubt. The musical adaptation was rumored to have been in the works for almost ten years. But it wasn’t until Tim Minchin, the man behind Matilda The Musical, was handed the baton that the musical came into being.
We’re happy to report you can cast those concerns aside. Groundhog Day The Musical does a tremendous job translating the myriad charms of the film from the screen to the stage. Solid acting, imaginative set design, and ambitious sequences, while more or less faithfully adhering to the original story line, made for a truly memorable and enjoyable performance. If you liked the movie, it’s a good bet you’ll enjoy the musical. And if you’ve never seen the movie, the musical is definitely a worthwhile introduction. You’ll be quoting the lines in no time. (There are so many good ones.)
Purchase your tickets at their website here.
245 W 52nd St
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Brunch at Maialino
While repeating the same day for an eternity would eventually grow tiresome, let’s all acknowledge how freakin’ awesome it would be when you realize that 1) you could eat whatever you want without getting fat, and 2) you would never have to pay that Visa bill. And there’s no better place to celebrate that epiphany, than at Maialino.
Maialino’s brunch is legend, and appropriately so. We’d like to tell you that our blogger selves ordered the pancakes because we wanted to specifically tie in the reference to flapjacks from Groundhog Day. But the truth is that we just really wanted some delicious pancakes. The ricotta pancakes here are some of the best in New York City. You won’t get a stack, just two oversized, fluffy, luxuriant, perfect pancakes. A choice of toppings will accompany them, so you can choose to swipe on some marmalade, or drench them in syrup. There’s no way to mess this up. So maybe if you’re having an amazingly awful day, this is one thing you could get 100% right.
2 Lexington Ave
Monday 7:30–10am, 12–2pm, 5:30–10pm
Tuesday 7:30–10am, 12–2pm, 5:30–10pm
Wednesday 7:30–10am, 12–2pm, 5:30–10pm
Thursday 7:30–10am, 12–2pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Friday 7:30–10am, 12–2pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Saturday 10AM–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Sunday 10AM–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm